Go faster with Improv Express!
The Improv Program is a complete foundation in the principles of scenic improvisation as practiced at The Second City. Based in the work of Viola Spolin, this three-level program covers all elements of the improvisational process. Meeting twice-weekly, Improv Express students explore the same concepts taught in our Improv Levels A-E classes but in a shorter time period. Graduation from the Improv Express program fulfills the improvisational prerequisite to audition for the Conservatory Program.
Improv Express Level 1
Improv Express Level 1 combines Improv Levels A & B from our beginner improv program. These classes are for anyone who wants to learn how to improvise, including people who want to do improv for fun, to better their professional skills, or to eventually pursue it professionally. Improv Level A sets the foundation in scene work, ensemble, and the building blocks of improvisation. Improv Level B introduces students to the skills needed for character work, an element essential to dynamic improvised scenes.
Improv Express Level 1 meets twice a week for three hours over an eight week term.
Improv Express Level 2
Improv Express Level 2 combines Improv Levels C & D. Improv Level C introduces students to the skills needed for scene work and becoming a good scene partner. Improv Level D reinforces the skills needed for strong scene work.
Improv Express Level 2 meets twice a week for three hours over an eight week term. There is a demonstration for an audience at the end of the term.
Improv Express Level 3
Improv Express Level 3 covers Improv Level E in half the time! Improv Level E is all about performance. Students learn multiple aspects of improv performance, including communicating with an audience, engaging in a rehearsal process, and introducing, running and executing their own show.
Students revisit improvised performance games they learned in earlier levels, as well as learn brand new games. The focus in this level is on performing those games for an audience. Students also learn how to introduce games and call the end of them. With instructor guidance and feedback, students engage in a rehearsal process for a show they eventually run themselves.
Improv Express Level 3 meets twice a week for three hours over four weeks. There is a 45-minute performance for an audience at the end of the term.